Breastfeeding May Lower Multiple Sclerosis Risks for Mom
Summary: A new study published in Neurology reports a link between breastfeeding and a reduced risk of developing multiple sclerosis. The study reports women who breastfed for a total of 15 months over one or more pregnancies were less likely to develop MS than those who either breastfed for four months or didn’t breastfeed at all.
“This is another example of a benefit to the mother from breastfeeding,” said study author Annette Langer-Gould, MD, PhD, with Kaiser Permanente Southern California in Pasadena and a member of the American Academy of Neurology. “Other health benefits include a reduced risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, type 2 diabetes and heart attack.”